August 20, 2016

Health Department survey shows link between Hepatitis B, C and liver cirrhosis cases

A SURVEY conducted by the Health Department in 2015 indicates that 3.3 million people in Myanmar are currently diagnosed with hepatitis B and 1.3 million people with hepatitis C, with the department saying these hepatitis viruses are associated with the rise in liver cirrhosis cases.
Liver Specialist Professor U Khin Maung Win expects the actual number to be larger than the department’s figures, citing international statistics as ranking the country among the highest in outbreaks of liver diseases.
The liver specialist spoke at the opening of the gastrointestinal and liver department at Pin Lon Hospital, North Dagon Myothit, Yangon, yesterday. The G&L department is the first of its kind in the country and was established in partnership with Singapore-based Asian American Medical Group, Pin Long Hospital and the 30th Street Clinic.
The professor said the newly opened facility can offer all kinds of liver treatments, except liver transplants.
Pin Lon Hospital was established with 300 beds in 2007 and now has departments for cancer, cardiac disease and hemodialysis treatment.—Min Thit


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